One of the major agendas set by and for Participatory Government is the Government Innovation. The connotation of Government Innovation is very variable according to authors and actors, but one thing clear is that its ultimate goal is to promote State's competitiveness and Citizens' life quality.
The Participatory Government shares also this universal goal and collective value. As it is revealed by the five goals of Government Innovation (efficiency, service first, transparency, decentralization, participation), the Participatory Government employs multiples standards of government reinvention strategies : New Public Management and Policy network. It seems that this first choice permit to find or construct a meaningful path maybe unique to Korean governmental practices.
But, it may not be useless to note here that the Participatory Government is aiming at a 'better government', denying a 'small government' that prevailed both in past Korean governments and Anglo-saxon or American governments (UK, New Zealand, USA, etc). On the contrary, it seeks vigorously to play an active role of 'coordinator' between civil society (citizens) and enterprises (market). It
seems that this second choice relies on the observation of Korean historical background : Korea has never constructed a welfare State which caused financial deficit and, therefore, never known a big government ; the actual problems of Korean society, notably the impartial distribution of richness,
are not due to government failure, but market failure.
참여정부 정부혁신의 보편성과 독자성(A study on the Korean participatory government's strategy of reinventing government)
해외 정부혁신 사례와의 비교
서울 : 한국행정연구원
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Government and Law < Public Administration|